Re: Poll: How helpful are verbal instructions in learning aikido for you?
Depends on the students. Some people (self included) need good verbal instruction, and benefit a lot from a logical technical explanation. Other students would benefit most from verbal imagination ( It has helped me sometimes). Others will find verbal instruction is less important for them, and they learn mostly from visual input or from feeling the technique done on them.
Each person learns best in his own personal way. Anyone trying to force a specific way of teaching as right, is going to benefit some people and derail others.